Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. – Galatians 2:3-4
Objectification can be defined as taking a person and viewing him/her as an object rather than as someone with emotions. This is what I believe causes much of the problems in traffic; we don’t see other drivers as people, but rather as objects that can make decisions. It’s especially tough, I think, because 90% of the the time spent driving we’re looking at cars, not people, so it’s easy to objectify other drivers.
Simple actions like slowing down on the highway so that someone else can merge not only helps them and possibly improves their day but it also helps you. I’ve learned that acting in humility actually helps me keep my cool. Deferring to someone else’s need over my own selfish desire almost always puts me in a better mood by making me feel more accomplished and reassured that I have improved someone’s life, even if it’s only a little.
Remember that cars have real people behind the wheel and you have the opportunity to make or break someone’s day. Take driving as an opportunity to practice kindness to someone you may never see again. It’s good for the spirit and the soul.